- The history of vertical integration in cinema is a bad one, not a good one. There is a reason it was done away with.
- I remember indie video stores with their ragged and wild curation, including blockbusters and cult hits and everything in between. Then Blockbuster kind of wiped them out with its focus on entire shelfspace devoted to blockbuster hits. Then Netflix did away with that with even narrower selection. Between Kanopy, what I can find on Youtube, Netflix, and Amazon, I actually feel I’ve lost a lot of the movie ecosystem I used to be able to access. Do I want this in the cinema? Absolutely not.
- I would tend to see Netflix cinemas focusing on bottom line so much that they wouldn’t take risks on challenging mid-budget films. I could imagine them producing a lot of low-budget series which would not be a big financial risk, or content risk — as they’d just want to fill seats.
- The migration from the expansive view of the silver screen down to iPhones, iPads, and laptops predates even Netflix, when pan and scan of television-broadcast movies got rid of widescreen and its respect for cinematic aspect ratios. I just don’t see Netflix luring more butts to theater seats. The damage has been done.
- Combine 3 and 4, and you get a cinemascape where large companies like Netflix prey like vultures on the remnants of a dying industry with cheaply made pablum.
- Not sure how they’re going to fight the pricing pressure of maintaining aging properties and paying actual employees and reduce movie prices.
It would be great to see real cinema thrive again.
I just don’t see compelling reasons to think Netflix, contributor to the death of independent rental stores, is going to do it.